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1. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Ibram X Kendi · Nation Books
Pages: 582
Format: Print book

WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTIONA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IN RACE AND CIVIL RIGHTSFINALIST FOR THE 2016 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTIONTHE MOST AMBITIOUS BOOK OF 2016 - The Washington PostA BOSTON GLOBE BEST BOOK OF 2016A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE...
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2. Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates · Spiegel & Grau
Pages: 152
Format: Print book

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * O: The Oprah Magazine * The Washington Post * People...
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3. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Evan Osnos · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; F First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalistWinner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.An Economist Best Book of 2014.A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation...
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4. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

George Packer · Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

The 2013 National Book Award WinnerA New York Times BestsellerSelected by New York Times critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013One of Amazons Best Books of 2013A New York Times Notable Book of 2013A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013A New Republic...
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5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo · Random House; 1st edition
Format: Hardcover

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai...
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6. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt · W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Paperback

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction  Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript,...
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7. Just Kids

Patti Smith · Ecco
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

In Just Kids, Patti Smith's first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest...
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8. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

T.J. Stiles · Knopf; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDIn this groundbreaking biography, T.J. Stiles tells the dramatic story of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt, the combative man and American icon who, through his genius and force of will, did more than perhaps any other...
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9. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Annette Gordon-Reed · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s...
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10. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

Tim Weiner · Doubleday; First Edition edition
Pages: 702
Format: Hardcover

For the last sixty years the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record burying its blunders in top-secret archives Its mission was to know the world When it did not succeed it set out to change the world Its failures have handed us in the words...
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11. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan · Mariner Books; Reprint edition
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback

The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental arrogance and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous ignorance of natures ways....
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12. The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover

From The New Yorker
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13. Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

Kevin Boyle · Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

An electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggleIn 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing...
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14. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

Carlos Eire · Free Press
Format: Deckle Edge]

In 1962, at the age of eleven, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba, his parents left behind. His life until then is the subject of "Waiting for Snow in Havana," a wry, heartbreaking, intoxicatingly beautiful memoir of growing up in a privileged Havana...
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15. Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson III

Robert A Caro · Knopf
Pages: 1200
Format: Print book

Book Three of Robert A. Caro's monumental work, The Years of Lyndon Johnson - the most admired and riveting political biography of our era - which began with the best-selling and prizewinning The Path to Power and Means of Ascent.Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story...
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16. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression

Andrew Solomon · Scribner
Pages: 576
Format: Print book

With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition...
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17. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Nathaniel Philbrick · Viking
Pages: 302
Format: Print book

From the author of the forthcoming book, Valiant Ambition, the riveting and critically acclaimed bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, directed by Ron Howard, premiering on December 11, 2015 "With its huge, scarred head halfway out of the water and its tail...
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